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PLA Training Manual 2017

Author: PLA Uganda

Uganda serves as a source, transit and destination point for victims of trafficking in persons at internal and transnational levels. In 2013, the country registered the highest number of suspected victims of trafficking in persons – 800 victims while in 2016, 283 victims were trafficked internally and across the borders (The National Annual Reports 2013 and 2016 on trafficking in Persons respectively). The National Annual Report 2013 on Trafficking in Persons indicates that children and women are the most trafficked persons in Uganda, with 97.7% being children victims of internal trafficking and the majority (52%) female children mainly trafficked for labour and commercial sexual exploitation; while 51.7% of the transnational trafficking involved females and 18% children.

Study findings from the Platform for Labour Action study on Assessment of the Schemes, Routes and Factors that promote the Prevalence of Trafficking in Persons across Borders in Uganda recommend the need for Government to build the capacity of duty bearers to control or regulate movement along the porous borders through training in understanding and preventing human trafficking. The findings also recommend that government in partnership with development partners or CSOs should undertake proactive mass sensitization about what constitutes human trafficking, problems and dangers of human trafficking, identification and reporting of human trafficking, the penalties associated with practices related to human trafficking, the civic responsibilities of the general public towards preventing human trafficking and the psycho-social support and rehabilitation that VITs require and should be provided with.

This training manual will therefore be used for training duty bearers including law enforcement officers and community leaders comprised of community liaison officers who will be responsible for awareness raising, Criminal Investigation Officers who will be responsible for investigating trafficking in persons cases, Child and Family Protection officers, officers in charge from different police stations and police posts in the areas of operation that will be handling trafficking in persons cases, Internal Security officers responsible for the security of the citizens; immigration officers that they identify and report victims of trafficking at the borders , probation officers, community development officers who implement interventions to reduce vulnerabilities of community members, labour officers and local leaders who are usually the first point of contact by people seeking to travel abroad for employment. The trained participants will also act trainers of trainers for future reference and follow up. If the knowledge and skills gained from this training are put into practice, it will contribute in reducing the prevalence of trafficking in persons in Uganda.

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